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A community approach

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How can the community build or support healthy public policy?

  • Have an overarching alcohol strategy that is shared by relevant agencies and communicated to the community.
  • Make the community and agencies aware of the Liquor Control Act 1988 and how it regulates the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.
  • Let police know about local issues relating to alcohol.
  • Shires can work with local sporting clubs to develop alcohol policies.
  • With the help of the schools and work places, develop school drug policies that reflect realistic community expectations and relevant government policy.
  • Schools can also work with SDERA - School Drug Education and Road Aware to develop a drug policy.

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How can the community help create supportive environments?

  • Work with the appropriate agencies to ensure regular responsible sale of alcohol (RSA) training is available and that licensees have involvement in setting local policy and guidelines for venues.
  • Run regular alcohol free events for the community.
  • Start an awareness raising educational program that outlines the issues associated with excessive consumption of alcohol.

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Strengthening community action

  • Establish a local drug action group that reports to and advises local agencies.
  • Work with key funding agencies to track funding going into the community - and identify new resources.

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Improving skills across the community

  • Start a peer support program where suitable educational materials and referrals are made available.
  • Up-skill health professionals and related support group leaders in alcohol and other drug use prevention.
  • Source appropriate information resources and distribute them to the broader community (see our publications and resources section).

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Helping young people avoid high-risk alcohol consumption

  • Encourage school involvement in school drug education.
  • Schools and treatment agencies can work together to identify and manage students at risk of alcohol and other drug use.
  • Organise a forum to raise awareness about existing problems in the community.
  • Utilise groups such as Local Drug Action Groups and McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

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How can a community support responses to reduce alcohol problems

  • Identify existing networks and groups in the community who might be concerned about alcohol-related harm.
  • Identify the nature and extent of the problem.
  • Arrange a forum to discuss the problem and raise community awareness.

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What can a community do about the responsible sale and supply of alcohol?

  • Encourage police to regularly visit licensed premises as part of a proactive community strategy.
  • Provide data on alcohol-related harm to the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor for use when considering liquor license applications.
  • Community leaders and elders can take a lead role in establishing a local alcohol management committee.
  • Support local government in the development of a policy.

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Last updated on 07 October 2011